Audio: Purim on the Train Tracks to Unite Jerusalem

Purim in Olam Haba and Chaim David. Two different Purim events will literally cross the tracks
3/12/2014, 8:12 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Chabad of Baka is hosting a unique Purim megillah reading at the 100-year-old Jerusalem train station this Sunday. Recently recreated as a cultural center with restaurants and shops known as the First Station, or Tahana Rishona, a megillah reading will be held at the site with subsequent Purim party featuring Chaim David. The local musical celebrity talks to the Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast about bridging the secular and religious world at the new event center through simple heart-to-heart music. Plus, he tells his story of how he also became a yoga instructor, but switched his plans at the last minute to help repopulate the Old City of Jerusalem following the Yom Kippur War. Also, what does the future hold for Jewish musicians in the post-CD era? Tune in and find out what this veteran singer has to say and listen to classics like Ya Ma Ma and more.

Part 2: 

Meanwhile, at the new light rail train tracks, a group of young Jerusalemites are organizing a massive, come-one-come-all meal on the train tracks for Shabbat. Meet the enthusiastic members of the Olam Haba events collective and find out how they plan to literally bridge different sides of the tracks in Jerusalem this Purim. Plus, learn about their ultimate rooftop Purim party in Jerusalem featuring music from modern Yemenite-Israeli singer Dvir Cohen Eraki and livetronica band G-Nome Project.

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For an interview on the 2014 Purim costume contest click here.
For an interview on the 2013 Olam Haba Purim event click here.
For an interview on the 2012 Olam Haba Purim event click here.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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